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VIDEO: Catherine Hanaway's Full 'Sexual Permissiveness' Speech


The most controversial portion of the speech starts at the 7:15 mark: 

So, the liberals want to talk about conservatives waging a war on women. But, think about what they're talking about. When their chief criticism of conservatives, the chief criticism is that we stand up for the sanctity of life. That because we are pro-life we are somehow against women.
I am here to say that their culture of permissiveness towards sexual activity is the real war on women. Let's start with the notion, well it’s not a notion, it’s a fact, that the fact that the culture of sexual permissiveness has led to record levels of out of wedlock births.      
And what has that done for women? It has impoverished women. It has reduced their access to educational opportunities. It has impoverished and endangered their children. It has forced those children to grow up in households where their mothers have to work, to make it economically viable for them to exist and with no fathers. How is that culture good for women and children?

But it goes a step further, and it’s that step further that I want to talk about today. And this is the hard part. So, if you pursue this course that sexual permissiveness is to be valued, which is the liberal framework and that you should protect sexual permissiveness through abortions and other things, you lead to a conclusion where every sexual preference is acceptable.
Now, I still think and pray that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that those who have a sexual preference for children are evil. But I will tell you that in the four years I spent as the presidentially appointed united states attorney, which is the chief federal prosecutor, a tremendous amount of my time was devoted to child pornography related crimes.
So it is a federal crime to possess distribute or produce child pornography, and it should be. Well what concerns me is the slide in our culture that says hey everything is okay and so why should just having a picture of something be a crime, because to possess child pornography is a crime, why should that be a crime? Well, it should be a crime, and this is some of the difficult stuff I have to talk to you about, and please forgive me, 70% of those images depict kids under the age of 12, 50% of the images depict kids under the age of 5, 30% under the age of 2, and the children are not alone, they’re really crime scene photos, they’re photos of children being raped, that’s what they are. So even calling them pornography, I really think we should call them crime scene photos."